In the Overture and Incidental Music to William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn brings the illustrious company of elves, lovers‘ passions and the solitude of the forest or a moonlit night to musical life. It became a model for other literary reflections in music like Peter Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Its four movements – or “images”, as the composer himself named them – capture the world-weariness of George Byron’s Manfred: A Dramatic Poem in music.
Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra awaken the musical imagery of both works in a colorful, fresh and enchanting performance.
Recorded at live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern Lucerne Festival, August 2017.
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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61